Just Label It Already!

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While American citizens are diverse in their beliefs and values, there is one thing we can agree on: everyone deserves good food.

Just as essential as our right to vote is our right to know what is in what we eat and what we feed our families. According to the Just Label It campaign, over 90% of Americans want genetically engineered foods labeled.

Hey, that’s almost the whole country!

Today, genetically engineered corn and soy, used in many processed foods and animal feed, make up over 90% of acres planted. But it doesn’t stop there. The FDA is (too) close to introducing the first GE protein, salmon, into the marketplace. These 'Frankenfish' are developed using what the FDA calls a "new animal drug", or genes coded with growth hormones, to make them grow twice as fast.

What exactly are these foods, and why are they bad? According to the World Health Organization, GE foods contain "organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally." These organisms have the potential to release toxins and allergens into our food, which are harmful to our health, the health of the animals and organisms we eat, and the environment. The facts bear a simple question: why not keep foods as nature made them?

Thanks to Just Label It, a petition submitted to the FDA in support of labeling GE foods in September has obtained 900,000 comments to date, with the potential to reach 1 million this spring. Hundreds have joined in support, from farming organizations and businesses to environmentalists and church groups, all with the belief that with more knowledge, we will be able to take hold of our food system and change the way we eat for the better.

Help stand up to the FDA this spring. Add your comment to the Just Label It petition, and in the meantime:

  • Avoid the Big 5: corn, soy, canola, cotton and sugar (made with beets)
  • Buy USDA organic, or Non-GMO Project Verified. Organic certification prohibits the use of genetic engineering.
  • Share the Just Label It infographic and e-book with everyone you know.

Also, watch the film (above) from Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner to learn more.

THE FILMMAKER: Robert Kenner's Food, Inc., is one of the top-grossing theatrical documentaries of all time, selling nearly 500,000 DVDs. Food, Inc. recieved widespread critical acclaim, dozens of awards and accolades, including an Academy Award nomination, and has influenced current food policies. (from RobertKennerFilms.com)